The Four Comics That Changed My Life- by Des Taylor
I chose these especially for the memories. I can remember where I was, how I felt after reading them and the way my view of comics has changed in this era of the medium.
Amazing Spiderman -The Green Goblins Last Stand will be forever etched in my consciousness for it was published at the time many felt that comics had grown up. After Sharon Tate was murdered by Manson in '69 , the next few years of Hollywood spurned out slasher films, revenge movies and everyone was taking the law into their own hands in movies like Death Wish and Dirty Harry.
You sort of get that feel in the stories that led up to this shocking episode in Spidey's history which was told in '73. Drugs, depression, Paranoia, Racism- Amazing Spiderman had it all.
I didn't read this book till 1986 when I first started collecting stories seriously. I hung on that final page ( when Spidey is cradling Gwen after his failed attempt to save her ), feeling his pain and understanding how dangerous the Green Goblin really was. Something they can't emulate with the character even to this day.
The Trouble With Katie Rogers changed my life.... cause it was my first comic book I created. I originally wanted to create a female superhero but was inspired by the everyday life of my girly friends. In a world filled with superheroes and dark thriller comics, I had the balls to throw something completely different in the mix. She also got me to meet the amazing guys at ITVAmerica, who are trying to put this together as a series at this moment in time.
Breaking The Bat- This book changed my life cause I was the BIGGEST BATMAN FAN at the time.
I had split up with my girlfriend, my favourite pop star Michael Jackson was fighting a court battle against Jordy Chandler and my other hero Mike Tyson was on the ropes himself. All I had to look forward to was my Batman.
And Bane broke his back. I was in shock and felt sick to my stomach. I remember walking into the student bar at West Herts College in a trance. My friend Hayley asked me "what's wrong Des?"
I answered "Bane broke Batman's back. I need a beer!" She laughed in my face.
Batman the Killing Joke:
Was the book that got me into Batman in the first place- and subsequently was the last gift to me from my ex-girlfriend at that time ( Yeah... comics and women). Which didn't fucking help much as the book outlined how the Joker see's the world as a joke and does his crazy shit to hide his pain!
I felt that I related to him at that time.
It spurred me to collect EVERYTHING connected to Batman . So in effect everything turned out rather well as the collection is worth a bit now!